Learn about lots different animals & their environments at Edinburgh Zoo. There's lots to see for the whole family & don't forget to visit the giant pandas!
134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
Animals, Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
For the best place in Edinburgh to get up close and friendly with an unrivalled range of animals, make tracks for Edinburgh Zoo. Conveniently placed on the outskirts of the city and well served by public transport, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, housed over 82 acres of park land. The Zoo is home to the only giant pandas in the UK, a female, Tian Tian (Sweetie) and a male, Yang Guang (Sunshine). Booking a time slot to visit these rare animals is essential.
You can get up close to the small herd of swamp wallabies in the Zoo’s new walk-through Wallaby Outback exhibit, right next door to Koala Territory. At some times of the year you might even be lucky enough to see a joey popping its head out of its mum’s pouch.
Visit Brilliant Birds, a walk-through aviary that showcases exotic species from all over the world, including the Socorro dove, Nicobar pigeon and Bali Starling. You enter via the vestibule, containing a collection of fish, reptiles and a colony of leaf-cutter ants. The Zoo is home to King, Rockhopper and Gentoo penguins, who enjoy Europe’s largest outdoor penguin pool; at 65 metres long and 3.5 metres deep at it’s deepest point, it contains 1.2 million litres of water. The enclosure features lowered perimeters to help make you feel closer to the birds, mock sandy beaches and rocky areas, and a beautiful stone waterfall feature, a water chute, and a diving board made out of carved rock. Don’t miss the famous penguin parade!
Daily talks take place all across the Zoo and include Meerkats and Welcome, Meet the Reptiles and Chimpanzee and Sumatran Tiger Talks. The Zoo has three main cafés, plus kiosks that offer a wide range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks – some of the kiosks also sell those essentials for a day out, such as batteries and rain ponchos! If your younger family members still have energy to spare there are several play areas around the Zoo, designed to allow children to have fun in a safe environment.